Friday, January 29, 2010
If all goes as planned, we'll be going to an indoor pool birthday party this weekend so we'll see what she thinks of the big pool. She loves making giant splashes in the bathtub so I'm excited to see her reaction. Hopefully the water is warm otherwise, it might not be so fun.
So here's to a belated Happy 5 Months Birthday Miss Harlie!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
In the past week I've been thinking a lot about the big T and I will admit I'm starting to get nervous and excited at the same time. There is a big part of me that feels like I can't do it physically and that it will take a lot of $$ to accomplish this goal; so today I've labeled it the big T. In a previous post, I mentioned that this is the year to accomplish one of my life goals and that is to complete a TRIATHLON. **** yes, I've said it... a... TRIATHLON!!!***
1. picking my race
- there are a few different web sites that list different events of the year so I've been scanning them. Here are the two that I've been using http://www.trifind.com/ia.html and http://www.fitnesssports.com/
- things to think about: time of year (I'd rather compete in August as it gives me the summer to train for the swimming portion and who wants to swim outside in the cold), time of day (most of the ones I've considered are early in the morning) and what distance I can/want to do. Since I don't think I can do a full triathlon (about 1200m swim, 25+ mile bike, and 6 mile run) then I'm hoping to do a sprint triathlon which is about a 500m swim, 16 mile bike ride, and 3 mile run.
- so with all this in mind, right now I'm favoring one at Camp Courageous http://www.campcourageous.org/?page_id=1767 I haven't fully committed to this one as I'm still watching my options but so far this one sounds about the best to me. And I volunteered at this camp back in college so it would be kind of fun to go back. If I remember correctly it is a pretty scenic area. But today, I just heard about a possible sprint triathlon at George Wyth so I'll be looking for this one as close and comfort sounds the best.
- swim - I have four options of where I can do some swimming. Unfortunately they all cost money so that means I needed to do some homework and Phil is planning on doing a triathlon as well so we're looking at two swim passes not just one. Option 1. YMCA 2. YWCA 3. River Plaza (discount through me work) and 4. Public pool - Byrnes and Gates park. Once I actually pick a location then the real learning begins. I looked online and found a training video for a triathlon http://www.ehow.com/topic_462_training-triathlon.html which I'm excited to watch and hopefully learn from. I'm also hoping my friend Sarah C. can give me some pointers since she's a swimmer herself. I also just heard that they are going to do some open swims at George Wyth this summer which I'm pretty excited about. I know the open waters will be a very different experience than the pool.
- bike - I currently have an old clunker of a bike but it will probably have to make due for this year. I am hoping to purchase a bicycle/stroller trailer so that I can take the kids biking and for jogs this summer. (I think technically Harlie is suppose to be at least one year old but since she's already the size of a one year old then I think she'll be okay to ride in one come May/June; and I'm not planning to do any wild riding.)
- running - so far I have this down pretty good. I assume that this will be a jog for me during the actual triathlon since it's the last leg but I plan to try my best and assume not to make records times.
3. attire (hopefully not wearing the several layers that I wear now to go out running in the cold)
- swimsuit - I do own a 'pretty' swimsuit but not an athletic one. My current suit is technically a two piece with black shorts for the bottoms so I'm planning to wear those and then a sports bra and a tight tank top that's made special to dry easily
- bike/run - I will then add on some real shorts, socks/shoes to complete my attire.
- I already own all that I need so hopefully no cost there.
- this will be a hard one because Phil and I will basically be dual training for most of the spring/summer. Most likely we will end up at the YWCA or River Plaza. There are pro's and con's to both. YWCA has some free childcare but it's very limited as are their open swim times. River plaza has open swimming almost all the time but no childcare. I think we'll be checking prices and looking at the pool before we decide. Price will probably be the main factor. Hopefully we can swim in the morning, during lunch and at night if necessary so we won't need a babysitter.
Actual training will hopefully start in February. I plan to do some strength training (lifting weights, lunges, squats and jumping rope) and hopefully start swimming soon. When the weather is nicer I'll get my bike up and running and hopefully have a trailer by then.
I know this all sounds crazy. I feel crazy for being a 32 year old doing all this but physical exercise is necessary to stay healthy and having a goal makes it much more fun. My dream goal would to be to also loose about 30 more pounds and with all this exercise it just might be possible. So, I'll keep you posted on my progress. For now, it's just doing my homework and getting geared up. Next month, the hard work begins!!
The pictures I've attached are of a few fun ones that Phil took (per my request) after my run today. I thought you might like a view of what I look like out there in this crazy weather. And if you know the true Heather then you know I have a goofy side so that is what I leave you with, a smiling, happy go lucky, goof ball, ME, posing for the camera.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Another issue on perspective is that I'm still running this winter.. I ran through the cold even in the negative temps. When 30 degree's first hit this winter I thought it was cold but now that we've survived the -20's then +30 feels great. So running has been much better (as long as roads aren't too snowy) and playing outside has been a possibility again. So, two months ago 30 was cold.. today, 30 is nice and toasty.
Sometimes, I think God has a funny way of showing us that life is okay just as it is. The grass may seem greener on the other side but sometimes our side is just as luscious.
Friday, January 8, 2010
A couple of very specific goals for both Phil and I are to go backpacking (just the two of us) and to complete a triathlon. Both to be done this summer. We are also hoping to move this year to a bigger house and I'm thinking about transferring jobs soon. By the end of the year, we will also be deciding on baby #3. So a lot for us this next year but all good things to think about.
May God bless us all this year as we lean towards him for guidance (I know we will need it!).
So with that, I say welcome to the year 2010!
** on a side note, Phil and I are celebrating 10 years of marriage today! Phil took the day off so we had fun spending the day together. For fun, I gave my wedding dress some fresh air by trying it on. It pretty much looks the same only a little too big for me now. We dug out the tub titled 'wedding' and looked through it and reviewed who came to our wedding with only a few names of whom we didn't know. We also saw that our silverware is now tarnished but repairable if we want. We read through our wedding vows and also some of the advice we were given at a shower. So a fun day we have had, and a great 10 years!
Monday, January 4, 2010
On a good note, 2010 is well underway, a little cold but underway. I have been thinking about a few goals but will share them another time. For now, here are some fun pictures from the last few weeks. Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year!